Mongel dog cop killers get eye-balled by colleagues, family and friends of slain police officer Bryson Anderson and ball their eyes out.
By court reporter Karl Hoerr
Photo: Family and colleagues described their grief over the murder of Detective Inspector Bryson Anderson. (Facebook: NSW Police.)
Family and colleagues of a Sydney police officer murdered nearly two years ago have described their continuing grief over his stabbing death during a sentencing hearing for his killers.
One by one, those closest to Bryson Anderson rose to speak at the sentencing hearing for Mitchell and Fiona Barbieri.
The 45-year-old Detective Inspector was fatally stabbed during a siege of a home at Oakville in Sydney’s north-west.
His 13-year-old son told the court he has been denied the rite of passage of having his father teach him to shave.
“I had to learn this skill alone, without him by my side,” he said.
He spoke about his difficulties enjoying cricket, something he used to share with his father.
You should save the tears that you have shed from the dock. You will not be forgiven
Bryson Anderson’s brother, Warwick Anderson
Mitchell Barbieri, who attacked Detective Anderson with a knife and has pleaded guilty to murder, cried in the dock as the victim impact statements were read out.
His mother, Fiona Barbieri, has pleaded guilty to manslaughter on the grounds of mental illness and showed little emotion.
The officer’s brother, Warwick Anderson, addressed Mitchell Barbieri directly.
“You should save the tears that you have shed from the dock. You will not be forgiven,” Mr Anderson said.
Widow Donna Anderson said she had lost her best friend.
“I never contemplated how it would feel to be on the other side of a police investigation,” she said.
Colleagues who witnessed the attack spoke of their guilt and extreme difficulty returning to work.
Sergeant Adam Fitzgibbon said: “At times, I question myself. How did I let this happen to Bryson?”
Senior Constable Neil Constable said Detective Anderson had praised his work just hours before he was murdered.
“He told me to keep it up and keep locking up the crooks,” he said.
Justice Robert Allan Hulme appeared visibly moved by the statements.
“It’s simply astounding that such a senseless act can have so many victims,” he said.
The sentencing hearing continues.
Mother and son to stand trial for stabbing murder of Sydney police officer Bryson Anderson
A mother and son have been committed to stand trial for the stabbing murder of Sydney police officer Bryson Anderson.
Fiona Barbieri, 46, and her 20-year-old son Mitchell Barbieri are accused of killing Detective Inspector Anderson when he was called to a neighbourhood dispute at Oakville in Sydney’s north-west in 2012.
They are charged with murder and wounding with intent to resist arrest.
In Central Local Court magistrate Chris O’Brien has ordered them to stand trial in February 2014.
Police say they went to the property in December 2012 after an urgent call from a neighbour.
The officer was one of a large contingent of police called to the Oakfield home to attend a heated dispute between neighbours.
They say the Barbieri’s fired arrows at them from the house.
Officers say when the Detective Inspector tried to negotiate with them he was stabbed in the neck by Mitchell Barbieri and his mother Fiona Barbieri hit the officer with a hammer.
Magistrate O’Brien said after hearing the evidence there is a “reasonable prospect” a jury would “convict the accused”.
The mother and son have not yet entered a plea to the charges but will be required to in February.
Outside court members of his family told reporters they are pleased the Barbieri’s will stand trial.
Police officer in tears
During the committal hearing today police officer Constable Hannah Watson broke down in tears while giving evidence.
She told the hearing she thought her duty officer had been punched, because she could not see a weapon in Mitchell Barbieri’s hand.
When the officer began sobbing the court was adjourned to allow her to compose herself.
One officer described Fiona Barbieri screaming at police to leave, using foul language.
In court two new charges of resisting arrest were laid against the mother and son.
‘He deserves to f****** die': Court hears how police-killing mother and son shouted as their victim died… before emailing Russian president Vladimir Putin demanding asylum
- Fiona Barbieri, and her son Mitchell, pleaded guilty to killing Detective Inspector Bryson Anderson in 2012
- Following her arrest, Fiona defended their actions as self-defence during a police interview
- The Barbieris had also sent emails to Tony Abbott and Mr Putin, saying: ‘We have every right to defend ourselves, our family and our property’
- Inspector Anderson died after he was stabbed by then 19-year-old Mitchell Barbieri following a siege at their rural Oakville property
- As he lay dying, the court heard that Fiona was heard yelling, ‘it’s his own f****** fault… he deserves to f****** die’
- His family remember him as a larrikin with a great sense of humour
- He also volunteered as a firefighter and in the Special Olympics
A Sydney mother, who pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of a police officer in 2012, sent emails to the Prime Minister and the Russian President in which she defended herself and demanded asylum.
Fiona Barbieri, 47, and her 21-year-old son Mitchell, attended their sentencing hearing in Sydney’s Supreme Court on Wednesday, where the full details surrounding the death of Detective Inspector Bryson Anderson were revealed.
Inspector Anderson died after he was fatally stabbed by then 19-year-old Mitchell Barbieri following a siege at a rural Oakville property in Sydney’s north-west on December 6, 2012.
The police interview of Fiona Barbieri after her arrest in 2012, following the death of a policeman at her property in Sydney’s north-west, was shown to Sydney’s Supreme Court on Wednesday
The 41-year-old and her 21-year-old son Mitchell (pictured) pleaded guilty to killing Detective Inspector Bryson Anderson
During a police interview following the Barbieri’s arrests in 2012, the 47-year-old mother who is believed to have been suffering from paranoid schizophrenia, told officers that Inspector Anderson had been killed in self-defence before demanding asylum in Russia.
In the footage of the police interview attained by Channel Nine, Fiona is heard saying: ‘what happened at our house today, where we were ambushed by an army of police officers, was self-defence.’
She is then handed a telephone by the officers who allow her to call the consulate, to whom she says: ‘It is the Barbieris, president Putin, SOS Australia.’
According to Channel Nine, Fiona was advised by the consulate to forward her request via email, after which she refused to answer further questions from the policemen.
Inspector Anderson (pictured) died after he was fatally stabbed by then 19-year-old Mitchell following a siege at his rural Oakville home on December 6, 2012
In the police interview, Fiona is handed a telephone after demanding asylum in Russia. Police allowed her to call the consulate, to whom she says: ‘It is the Barbieris, president Putin, SOS Australia’
‘We are living here in convict Australia, corrupt convict Australia, and we have been doing our best to get out,’ she told officers.
‘The New South Wales police force is corrupt – that is what we have been standing up against and that is why we are in here today.’
Crown prosecutor Mark Tedeschi QC told the Supreme Court on Wednesday that Fiona and her son had been embroiled in a long-running dispute with their neighbour, which had been fuelled by Ms Barbieri’s paranoia.
On December 6, the tension spiralled out of control when the Barbieris spotted that Mr Waters was installing flood lights on his property.
Fiona – swinging a baseball bat – and Mitchell – armed with a crossbow – confronted the electricians working for Mr Waters.
Mitchell fired two arrows, narrowly missing them both, before he and his mother retreated into their home.
As the first police arrived, the court heard the Barbieris sent an email to a number of politicians, including then opposition leader Tony Abbott and Russian President Vladimir Putin, saying: ‘We have every right to defend ourselves, our family and our property.’
Just over an hour later, it had become a ‘siege situation’ with Fiona and Mitchell screaming at police to ‘f*** off’.
Det Insp Anderson ordered the door to be kicked in and was stabbed twice by Mitchell – once in the cheek and fatally to the chest, Mr Tedeschi said.
As he lay dying, the court heard that Fiona was heard screaming, ‘it’s his own f****** fault.. he fucking deserved it… let the dog c*** die… he deserves to f****** die’.
The policemans wife Donna, said her husband absolutely adored their three children
Murdered police officer Bryson Anderson honoured by family
Bryson Anderson with his wife Donna and children from left to right – Darcy, Cain and Olivia
On the morning they were due to stand trial last week, Mitchell pleaded guilty to the officer’s murder, while his mother – who suffers from paranoid schizophrenia – pleaded guilty to manslaughter on the grounds of substantial impairment.
Under legislation passed before parliament, a person convicted of the murder of a police officer while on duty faces a mandatory life sentence.
But Mr Tedeschi said this was not a situation where life imprisonment should apply as Mitchell was influenced by his mother’s delusions.
‘He (Mitchell) had been under the influence of his mother … and her delusions had to some degree been transferred to him,’ Mr Tedeschi said.
Olivia, Cain and Darcy could not speak highly enough of their deceased father
Instead, he said the crown would be seeking a ‘very lengthy’ sentence.
Earlier in the month, Inspector Anderson’s family honoured the man who was a much-loved husband and father of three.
Bryson’s widow Donna Anderson and their three children Olivia, Darcy and Cain could not wipe the smiles off their faces when they told fond stories of how Bryson was always the larrikin of the family.
‘There was the policeman side to him which was incredibly serious – he took his job very seriously -but there was the family side of him where he was just the clown in every family gathering,’ Donna told Channel Nine’s ACA.
‘He just absolutely adored his kids,’ she said. He was a typical dad – he loved dad jokes and if he could embarrass the kids in front of their friends that was even better.’
Police officers and family attend the funeral of the slain officer at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Parramatta in 2012
The family privately continue to struggle with their loss, and it will be some time before they finally come to terms with the tragedy
His three children could not speak highly enough of their father.
‘He would totally just love life – it was awesome,’ his only daughter Olivia said. ‘Yes, he liked to embarrass us.’
His eldest son, Darcy said he was a great dad who was always a joker.
‘He photo bombed a lot – my first cricket game in my photo – he was in the background,’ he said.
‘Cricket is my life – me and dad built the pitch out the front in 2003 I think.’
‘We got tonnes of dirt and just rolled it and got it all padded down and I just keep mowing it in.’
Bryson’s only daughter Olivia said her father had a great love for life
Darcy loves cricket so much that his father helped build him a cricket pitch in their front yard
Youngest son Cain said his father was always a joker who ‘photo-bombed a lot’
‘He would totally just love life – it was awesome,’ his only daughter Olivia (left) said. ‘Yes, he liked to embarrass us’
Bryson’s family described him as a joker who had a great sense of humour
‘He was always a joker – he photo-bombed a lot,’ his youngest son Cain said.
While being dedicated to his family and career, he also managed to squeeze in volunteering with the Special Olympics, travelling to Vanuatu to give gifts to children and also volunteering as a firefighter.
‘He would come home from the police sometimes he would only be there for an hours or so and then the bells would go off and he would go out to a fire call and he did that for nine years,’ Donna said.
During the committal hearing last year, a number of police officers broke down as they recalled the murder.
At Detective Inspector Anderson’s 2012 funeral, NSW Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione said the decorated officer was admired by his fellow officers for his tenacity and determination, as well as his empathy and compassion.
‘He showed initiative and leadership; intelligence and perseverance; dedication and humility; and, memorably, a ready smile and an engaging way.
‘Bryson drew people to him, without guile and without effort.’
The matter will return to court later this month.
Mother and son Fiona and Mitchell Barbieri plead not guilty to Sydney policeman Bryson Anderson’s murder
A mother and son accused of murdering a Sydney police officer have pleaded not guilty.
Fiona and Mitchell Barbieri formally entered their pleas in the NSW Supreme Court this morning ahead of their trial later this year.
The 46-year-old and her 20-year-old son were charged after the death of Detective Inspector Bryson Anderson at Oakville on Sydney’s north-western outskirts in December 2012.
Inspector Anderson was part of a large contingent of police called to attend a heated neighbourhood dispute.
Police say the Barbieri’s fired arrows at them from their house.
Inspector Anderson then tried to negotiate with the pair for several minutes, when he was allegedly stabbed in the neck by Mitchell Barbieri and hit with a hammer by Fiona Barbieri.
The 45-year-old officer was rushed by paramedics to Windsor Hospital but died soon afterwards.
The Barbieris have also pleaded not guilty to additional charges laid late last year of wounding with intent to resist arrest.
In an earlier hearing a fellow officer who witnessed Inspector Anderson’s death broke down in court as she recalled the events.
Constable Hannah Watson told the court she initially thought her duty officer had been punched, because she could not see a weapon in Mitchell Barbieri’s hand.
Mother, son admit to killing police officer Bryson Anderson
A mother and son have pleaded guilty to killing a New South Wales police officer called to their home in Sydney’s north-west.
According to police, Mitchell Barbieri, 21, and his 47-year-old mother, Fiona, barricaded themselves inside their Oakville home when New South Wales police officer Bryson Anderson responded to an urgent call from neighbours in December 2012.
They say the pair fired arrows at the officer and attacked the 45-year-old with a knife and a hammer.
Mitchell Barbieri pleaded guilty to murdering Anderson, while Fiona Barbieri pleaded not guilty to murder but guilty to the lesser charge of manslaughter.
Prosecutors accepted her guilty plea to the lesser charge because she had “a substantial impairment brought about by an abnormality of mind” at the time.
The pair made their pleas in the Supreme Court the day their six-week trial was due to start.
They will return to court next week for a sentencing hearing.
Anderson, who held the rank of Detective Inspector, was one of several officers who attended the Barbieris’ home after reports of a feud between neighbours.
Colleagues say that when he tried to negotiate with the family, he was stabbed in the neck by Mitchel Barbieri and hit with a hammer by his mother.